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Sioux Falls man sentenced to 20 years, 11 suspended for motorcyclist's death

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Brent O'Neal Brent O'Neal
Philip Sorensen Philip Sorensen

The Sioux Falls man who plead guilty to killing a motorcyclist in a 2012 accident was sentenced to 20 years in prison today.

Eleven of those years are suspended, so he faces 9 years. He is eligible for parole after four and a half years.

Brent Michael O'Neal, 22, pleaded guilty to first degree manslaughter charges in December.

He was initially charged with first degree manslaughter, second degree manslaughter, hit and run resulting in death or injury, and reckless driving for the July 25, 2012 crash.

O'Neal killed motorcyclist Philip Sorensen, 33, and struck three other cars in the crash.

Under the terms of O'Neal's plea agreement, he faced up to 20 years in the state penitentiary. He will pay $10,000 to Sorensen's family in restitution for funeral expenses.

Sorensen's family gave tearful testimony in court today. His father, Terry Sorensen, said the worst part about this is the feeling of helplessness.

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